Adel Kutui

Kutui, Adel’


(pseudonym of Adel’sha Nurmukhamedovich Kutuev). Born Nov. 15 (28), 1903, in the village of Tatarskii Kanadei, now in Kuznetsk Raion, Penza Oblast; died June 16, 1945, in a military field hospital in Poland. Soviet Tatar writer. Member of the CPSU from 1943.

Kutui moved to Kazan in 1922. He graduated from the Kazan Eastern Pedagogical Institute in 1929 and then worked as a teacher. He first appeared in print in 1923. His enthusiasm for futurism was reflected in his collection In the Running of Days (1925). Kutui wrote several plays; Answer (published in 1929) was his first socialist realist play.

In the prewar years, Kutui wrote a number of stories (“Day of the Sultan,” 1938, and “Torments of Conscience” 1939) and the novella Unsent Letters (1936), which has been translated into many languages. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45 he wrote sketches and publicistic articles from the front. He was awarded two orders and several medals.


Saylanma äsärlär. Kazan, 1965.
In Russian translation:
Neotoslannye pis’ma. Kazan, 1968.


Usmanova, Z. Adel’ Kutui: Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo. Kazan, 1966.